Shelbyville Dragons hope to take care of 'unfinished business' in San Antonio
Following a trip to Bryan this past weekend, the Shelbyville Dragons are now back-to-back Region III Champions.
This coming weekend they aim to care of “unfinished business” in San Antonio at the UIL Boys State Basketball Tournament Final Four with their eyes on the 2A State Championship title.
Shelbyville headed back to San Antonio for the second year in a row. Last year the Dragons were forced to share their District Champion title with the Tenaha Tigers and District MVP Trae Gardner.
The Tigers and the Dragons split their two district games, and Tenaha claimed the one seed on a coin flip. Shelbyville was eager to get another shot at the Tigers in a neutral location.
All signs pointed toward a meeting at the Regional Championship game, but Grapeland derailed the rematch.
Shelbyville took a 69-61 victory over LaPoynor last year, but the Tenaha Tigers fell in a 55-53 heartbreaker to the Sandies. Shelbyville ended up with a 54-40 win over Grapeland last year and a ticket to the 2A State Tournament in San Antonio.
Unfortunately, the Dragons’ season ended at the Alamodome in the semi-finals. Shelbyville fell to the West Texas Comanches, who would go on to become the 2017-2018 2A State Champions.
This loss more than anything has stoked the fires of the Dragons’ desire to be named the best in Texas. The Dragons’ biggest commodity last year was time.
Shelbyville’s state tournament run was spearheaded by three sophomore guards, Jay Buckley, Jordan Boykins, and Kolby Parker. In addition to the starting underclassmen, the Dragons were bolstered by an equally talented crop of juniors including starters Cole Ferguson and Kurtrick Allen.
Sixth man Buddy McClelland was also a key piece for the Dragons during his junior campaign. Fast forward to the 2018-2019 season.
The young team full of talent and potential has become even stronger with the addition of playoff and state tournament experience.
Head coach David Schmitt and the Shelbyville Dragons have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with on the hardwood.
The addition of senior Jakevion Calhoun this year only made the Dragons more formidable. Sophomore LD Coleman has seen increased production as the postseason has progressed and shows signs that he may be ready to take a more active role in the Dragons’ arsenal of talent.
This year, the Dragons took sole possession of the District 22-2A Championship and haven’t slowed down since. Once again the Dragons met Grapeland in the Region III Final, and once again the Dragons find themselves among the final four 2A teams in the state.
Shelbyville has been ranked No. 1 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll of 2A teams since they released their first preseason poll.
Earlier this year when asked about that very preseason poll David Schmitt had this to say, “I’m glad we’re No. 1, but I’m really not concerned with that. I would much rather be No. 1 at the end of the season than at the beginning.” Coach Schmitt and the Dragons earned that distinction this weekend as they traveled to San Antonio and the Alamodome to compete for a shot at the State Championship game and a chance to complete some “unfinished business.”